Will the Bills take Clausen at No. 9?

As I’ve discussed throughout the past couple of days, the Donovan McNabb trade is likely to cause a ripple effect in this month’s draft. While head coach Mike Shanahan said recently that the Redskins could still take a quarterback with the fourth overall pick, it’s hard to imagine that they’d select a signal caller that high when they have so many other pressing needs.

The Bills, however, are another story. They’ve seemingly given up on Trent Edwards and while Ryan Fitzpatrick is a fine backup, he’s not the solution either. That makes them an interesting possibility for Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen if he falls to them at No. 9.

But will he fall? Assuming the Rams take Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford at No. 1, the Seahawks, Browns and Raiders – three teams that could be interested in quarterback – all pick before the Bills. Seattle traded for Charlie Whitehurst a couple of weeks ago and the Browns added Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace early this offseason, so both of those teams could be out of the running. (In fact, the Seahawks most definitely are – Whitehurst is their future.) But Oakland was presumably in the mix for McNabb, so they could snag the Notre Dame product at No. 8, one spot ahead of Buffalo.

Of course, even if Clausen is available, the Bills still may take a pass. They have a glaring need for a left tackle and if they pass on someone like Anthony Davis or Bryan Bulaga at No. 9, they run the risk that a starting-caliber LT won’t be available when they pick again at No. 41. That said, if they believe that Clausen is a franchise quarterback, then they can’t pass on him. Having a good left tackle is vital, but quarterback trumps all other positions.

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No surprise: Campbell wants out of Washington

While he didn’t officially say it, Jason Campbell is looking for a way out of Washington now that the Redskins have traded for Donovan McNabb. Cambell, an unsigned restricted free agent, will opt to stay away from the Redskins’ practice facility for the foreseeable future.

Per the Washington Post:

Following the Redskins’ Sunday night acquisition of Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb from the Philadelphia Eagles, Campbell no longer will participate in the Redskins’ voluntary offseason conditioning program at the complex, people with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday. Moreover, Campbell, among the league’s most cooperative quarterbacks with the media, has told friends he does not plan to grant interviews until after his situation is resolved.

Campbell discussed his intentions with Coach Mike Shanahan during their meeting Monday, and both agreed it would be better for Campbell to train on his own and stay away from the park altogether while Campbell’s agent, Joel Segal, works to find a more favorable situation for the five-year veteran. Although Shanahan prefers players to be involved in the program, Campbell might not be with the team much longer.

As the article notes, the Redskins haven’t ruled out bringing Campbell back as a backup, but there’s no doubt that he wants out. Owner Daniel Snyder dissed (do people still use the word “diss?”) him last offseason by attempting to trade for Jay Cutler and recruiting free agent Byron Leftwich. What would be fair is if the Redskins traded Campbell and took whatever they could get for him. He’s been a model employee throughout everything that has happened in Washington (coach and scheme changes, Snyder’s flirtations with other quarterbacks, losing, etc.) and deserves the team’s respect.

Considering that he has played in multiple offenses (not just the West Coast), I would imagine that teams would be interested in Campbell’s services. And if the Skins could get a mid-round pick for him, then he should be dealt.


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What’s next for Campbell and Clausen now that McNabb deal is done?

Donovan McNabb wasn’t the only quarterback affected by Easter Sunday’s trade between the Eagles and Redskins, as Jason Campbell has now lost his starting job and Notre Dame prospect Jimmy Clausen could freefall in this month’s draft.

There’s no doubt that the Redskins will look to move Campbell this offseason, but the question is whether or not they’d be willing to take a mid-round pick for him. Obviously teams know that with McNabb now on board, Campbell is expendable. The Redskins would be fooling themselves if they believed they could recoup the second round pick they gave to Philadelphia and should be willing to take a mid-rounder (a third, fourth or even a fifth round selection) just to get something in return for an unhappy Campbell.

What teams would be interested in Campbell? The Rams, Raiders and Bills all need quarterbacks and depending on whether or not Mike Holmgren believes Campbell could be a long-term fit in Cleveland, the Browns might be interested as well. Campbell spent the last couple seasons in the West Coast Offense, so the Browns make sense (even though they added Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace this offseason), but again, only if Holmgren sees him as a long-term solution and as of right now, there’s nothing to suggest that he does. And with the Rams presumably set to take Sam Bradford at No. 1, which leaves the Raiders and Bills as the most likely trade suitors when it comes to Campbell.

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Did the Redskins offer Eagles Haynesworth in McNabb deal?

Via Adam Caplan of Scout.com, Sheil Kapadia of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Redskins offered defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth to the Eagles as part of the Donovan McNabb deal, but Philadelphia didn’t want him.

“The Redskins actually offered – I’m told by two league sources – Albert Haynesworth, the outstanding defensive tackle, but Albert Haynesworth has an enormous contract,” Caplan said, adding that Haynesworth was a pain to the Redskins’ previous coaching staff.

Haynesworth, who will turn 29 in June, signed a $100M contract last offseason with the Redskins, which included $41M in guaranteed money. He received – get this – a $21M roster bonus on April 1. His 2010 and 2011 salaries of $3.6M and $5.4M are guaranteed, according to contract details.

As the article notes, the Eagles already have two good defensive tackles in Mike Patterson and Brodrick Bunkley, but neither of them play at the same level Haynesworth does. (Or at least, neither of them play at the same level Haynesworth did before he received that huge contract from Washington last year.)

It’s not surprising that the Haynesworth deal is already blowing up in Daniel Snyder’s face. Shoot first and ask questions later has always been Snyder’s plan of attack and I’m sure it never crossed his mind that Haynesworth wouldn’t be a good long-term fit in Washington. He just knew that the massive DT was the best free agent available, so he had to have him. Now Snyder has to deal with Haynesworth finding out that he was temporarily on the trade block. (I would love to be a fly on the wall for that convo.)

What I would be interested in finding out is what the Redskins would have given up if they parted with Haynesworth. Because obviously they wouldn’t have given up Haynesworth and two draft picks. Would it have been a straight up deal? Or would the Redskins have to pay part of Haynesworth’s salary? Would they have given up a late round pick as well as Haynesworth? I guess the world will never know.


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Donovan McNabb traded to Redskins for two draft picks

In a deal that will not only shake up the dynamics in the NFC East but also this month’s draft, ESPN is reporting that the Eagles have traded quarterback Donovan McNabb to the Redskins in exchange for Washington’s second round pick this year and either a third or fourth round pick in 2011.

It’s unclear at this point whether the Redskins are working on extending McNabb’s contract, which expires at the end of the 2010 season. If he were traded, McNabb said that he wanted to play for a contender and considering he’s familiar with the NFC East, he might be comfortable finishing his career in Washington. He may also relish playing the Eagles twice a year, too.

It’s a little perplexing why the Eagles would trade him within the division – especially given the importance of McNabb’s position. There’s an unwritten rule that states that teams shouldn’t trade within their division because it could wind up haunting them in the long run. But maybe this was the best deal Philadelphia was offered and they jumped on it before the opportunity passed them by.

Now that the Redskins have their starting quarterback, what happens to Jason Campbell? The Skins will likely try to trade him, but they might not find many suitors considering other teams now know Washington doesn’t need him. Still, if they can get a mid round pick for Campbell, it would be better than releasing him and getting nothing in return. (Or keeping an unhappy Campbell on the roster.)

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